Things look bright for the European Counterstrike scene.
Finnish broadcasting company Elisa Esports has joined forces with event organizers Relog Media, Funspark and GRID as data partners to launch a new $2.7 million CS:GO event circuit for the year 2021-22.
Elisa expands esports operations globally and joins forces with @GRIDesports,@FunsparkCSGO and @RelogMedia in order to form the $2,7m #ElisaChampionOfChampions tour, paving a way towards a new tier 1 event for the global esports fans!🔥
— Elisa Esports (@ElisaEsports) April 26, 2021
According to a press release, the tournament will bring together the “most interesting and fascinating” esports teams across Europe. With courtesy of data partner GRID, the event circuit will have an overarching point system to rate performance of teams.
Teemu Koski, Head of Elisa Esports said, “With the extended tournament structure co-operated with Relog Media and Funspark, we wanted to provide a new way for European top teams to better their rankings and compete, even if they are not official partners with the largest commercial leagues.”
The Elisa Champion of Champions Tour
Elisa planned the entire event circuit to provide multiple layers of competition. The broadcasting company will add its Masters tournament on top of the existing Invitational structure. Quarterly planned invitationals will offer a prize pool of $400k. The winning teams of invitationals will gather for Masters, which will further provide a prize pool of $250k. Similar to Elisa, other partners will also organize their very own Masters competitions.
The Elisa Invitationals, Elisa Masters and Elisa Champion of Champions will be broadcasted on Elisa Esports’ Twitch channels in both Finnish and English. The company will share other broadcasters and local media partners before the event.
Summary of Elisa Invitational and Elisa Masters:
Qualification Stages (2021-2022)
- Home Sweet Home tournaments ($1,200,000 prize money)
- Elisa Invitational tournaments ($400,000)
- Funspark tournaments ($330,000)
LAN Stages (2022)
- LAN Sweet LAN Masters tournament ($250,000 prize money)
- Elisa Masters tournament ($250,000)
- Funspark ULTI Grand Finals ($300,000)
- Elisa Champion of Champions (prize money TBA)
The first Invitational event will start from June 28 to July 3. The upcoming event will have a Finnish open qualifier, a regional Swiss stage, a main Swiss stage and playoffs.
Upcoming Elisa Invitational tournaments:
- Elisa Invitational Summer 2021 ($100,000 prize money)
- Elisa Invitational Fall 2021 ($100,000)
- Elisa Invitational Winter 2021 ($100,000)
- Elisa Masters 2022 ($250,000)